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Canadian Press
8/23/2006 2:59:20 PM

Free-agent winger J.P. Dumont has narrowed his list of suitors down to three or four teams and it doesn't include the Montreal Canadiens.

Some fans and media in Montreal have been pressing the Canadiens to make a move on Dumont, a 28-year-old Montreal native, but that hasn't happened.

"We've never had an offer from Montreal," his agent Yves Archambault said Wednesday. "I've spoken to several teams. At this point we're really looking at 3-4 teams."

The Detroit Red Wings are believed to be among the teams interested in Dumont, who became an unrestricted free agent earlier this month when the Buffalo Sabres exercised their walk-away rights after he was awarded a $2.9-million US, one-year deal in arbitration.

"It's wait and see right now," said Archambault. "There's still 20 days before training camps open. We're studying all our options. J.P. has a young family and wants to go somewhere that will be comfortable."

Dumont, who made $1.596 million last season, has 121 goals and 135 assists in 434 career games with Chicago and Buffalo. He had 20 goals and 20 assists in 54 games last season.

Dumont is among the bigger names left on a meagre unrestricted free-agent list along with fellow forwards Anson Carter, Jason Allison, Viktor Kozlov, Yanic Perreault and Oleg Kvasha and defencemen Brian Leetch and Alexander Khavanov.

The 32-year-old Carter had a career-high 33 goals last season while playing on a line with the Sedin twins in Vancouver but has yet to find a new home. Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Detroit have been linked to him but it's not clear whether they're ready to pay him the $2.5 million a year he's believed to be looking for.

"Anson deserves the right deal in the best possible environment based on last year's performance alone," Carter's agent Pat Brisson said Wednesday. "We are currently looking at these options."

Leetch's agent Jay Grossman, meanwhile, said his veteran client will patiently weigh his options while he considers possibly joining a contender.

Notes: Simon Gagne's agent Bob Sauve told CP he had talks with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday but nothing new to report. The 26-year-old restricted free agent remains without a contract as he attempts to get a big raise following a career-high, 47-goal season ... Leetch attended the Yankees-Red Sox series in Boston last weekend courtesy of his good friend, star New York shortstop Derek Jeter.
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